By AMY HANSEN
CNA staff reporter •email@example.com
Derek Lumsden, the new director for Osceola Chamber-Main Street, believes some of his biggest personal strengths are his hard-work ethic and enjoyment in meeting new people.
“I hope that people feel free to come in and talk to me at any time, and I’ll go out and see them,” Lumsden said. “So, I hope that friendly relationship is something that’s very evident in the position.”
Lumsden’s first day as the new director was Friday, and an open house was held in his honor.
Lumsden, 31, has an educational background in political science, prelaw, international diplomacy and communications.
He has taught at Des Moines Area Community College, worked at Iowa Western Community College and his most recent job was the director Corning Chamber-Main Street.
Growth opportunities was one of the reasons Lumsden was interested in the Osceola job.
“It’s a nice progression of more responsibility, larger town, large community, different obstacles,” he said. “So, it was a nice chance to try something new, but in a field that I was familiar with.”
Lumsden will be filling the position of former director Lacey Nish.
Nish said she has two children, ages 4 and 6, and is involved with school and activities. She also said an opportunity for her opened on the square.
Nish and Lumsden have known each other through their jobs and going to trainings.
“I think Derek will do a wonderful job,” Nish said. “He brings a lot of knowledge to this job, as well as he’s just excited. I think that’s important that you stay excited about what you’re doing.”
According to Lumsden, he is familiar with the community because his family is from Missouri and he has driven through Osceola on his way from Des Moines.
“I like small towns, so it’s a nice fit for me,” he said.
As for Lumsden’s future goals with his new job, he said he wants to keep everything going well, on track and not lose any ground with a new director coming in.
One of Lumsden’s beliefs is every Main Street community should have the goal of winning a Great American Main Street award (GAMSA). These awards are given out every year by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
“I would like to see what type of potential there are for historic renovations and restorations because Osceola has a beautiful downtown,” Lumsden said. “It would be nice to keep it that way.”